Not The Best Day For New York Ranger Prospects

Morgan Barron (Cornell Athletics)

Friday night saw nine New York Ranger prospects in action but the outcome of their games was not always very good.  Overall the prospects saw their teams go 2-5-2 with not much positive to say about the play.

Morgan Barron does have a five-game point-scoring streak going as he had a primary in his fourth-ranked Cornell’s Big Red’s 4-2 road win over the seventh-ranked Clarkson Knights. It was the battle of the two top teams in the ECAC and Cornell came away with the win here.

Barron got the primary assist mainly because he outfought everyone in the Clarkson crease for the puck until defenseman Travis Mitchell snuck in and found the loose puck for his first goal.  Watch the highlights as after the first goal, look hard at where Barron was, he wears #27 and there he was right smack in the middle of the scrum.

Barron was a +1 on two shots as he records his sixth assist of the season to improve to 5-6-11 which leads Cornell in scoring. Cornell is 5-0 to start the season and heads to St. Lawrence for a Saturday matchup shown on ESPN+. And circle your calendars as Big Red makes’ it’s annual appearance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night November 30th against Boston University.

K’Andre Miller (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

K’Andre Miller broke a three-game scoreless streak with two assists as his 15th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers shocked third-ranked Notre Dame 3-0. It was a rebound of a Miller shot that directly led to Wisconsin’s first goal of the game, a power-play goal that would also wind up the game-winner. Millers would earn a secondary assist on Wisconsin’s third goal, an empty-net goal that clinched the win for Wisconsin.

Miller in addition to the two assists was a +1 on four shots and had one blocked shot. The young defender improves his season totals to 3-3-6 in 11 games. The same two teams will face off on Saturday evening in the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game at Wisconsin.

Simon Kjellberg (RPI)

Simon Kjellberg, the ECAC Rookie of the Month for October stepped out of the penalty box and broke up play in the defensive zone and then took the puck all the way for an unassisted goal. It wasn’t enough though as his Rensselaer Engineers played to a 2-2 overtime tie with Princeton.

Kjellberg was an “even” on two shots and two minor penalties as he improved to 3-2-5 after eight games. The Engineers head to Quinnipiac to face the Tigers on Saturday even. That game will be streamed over ESPN+.

Zac Jones (Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics)

In another upset, Zac Jones and his fifth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen spotted the Boston University Terriers a 4-0 lead before trying to rally with three goals in the third to fall 4-3. It was a bad loss for the Minutemen who despite out-playing the Terriers over the first 40 minutes trailed 4-0.

Jones would record his third goal of the season in the third scoring the Minutemen’s third of the game cutting the lead to 4-3. It was a bullet from the left faceoff circle that handcuffed BU’s goalie. Jones is 3-7-10 after nine games good for second-best on the team.

The same two teams go at it on Saturday, a game you can stream over the CBS All-Access app.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon/UMass-Lowell)

Goalie Tyler Wall stopped 29 out of 32 shots as his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks played to a 3-3 overtime tie with UConn. Wall extended his unbeaten streak to an NCAA best eight straight games (4-0-4) as he improves to 7-1-4 overall. Wall kept his team in this one as they were outplayed and outshot 32-15.

That the Riverhawks escaped with a point is a miracle but give the credit to Tyler Wall who is third in the NCAA in wins with 7, fourth in both goals against (1.69) and save percentage (0.945). The teams head to Lowell Massachusetts for a Saturday contest that will be streamed on CBS All-Access.

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers got smoked badly by eighth-ranked Penn State 8-2. Nanne was scoreless on three shots as this game was close for one period and then Penn State exploded for four goals each in the second and third periods.

The rematch will be Saturday night but the outcome should be pretty much the same.

Riley Hughes and his 14th-ranked Northeastern Huskies were edged 3-2 by the 10th-ranked Providence Friars. Hughes was scoreless on no shots.

Nico Gross was scoreless on two shots with a +1 and a double minor as his Oshawa Generals lost to the Sudbury Wolves.

Hunter Skinner was also scoreless on four shots but with a -1 as his London Knights got spanked by the Flint Firebirds 6-1.

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